Wildlife photographer and safari organizer Frank Keen will make an audio-visual presentation entitled “African Safari Highlights" to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Westport.
The presentation will be at The Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plain Road, Westport, CT 06880 (www.uuwestport.org). Wine and appetizers from 6.15 pm, dinner at 7.00 pm. and presentation at 8.00 pm. AMC members and non-members are welcome to attend. The cost is $8 for members and $15 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring along a dessert to share if they can. No reservations. Pay at door only. For more information and directions go to www.ct-amc.org/fairfield or email Eleanor Sasso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank and his wife, Sally, fell in love with Africa on their first trip there in 1980. Only in their twenties on that journey, they backpacked for ten weeks in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda, often camping on their own among the wildlife in the bush. On that journey they climbed Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. On the approach hike to Mount Kenya they became lost and separated. After a frustrating search Frank found Sally just as a leopard was about to pounce on her. Luckily, he was able to scare off the cat, which local people later told them had become a man-eater.
Years later, as a world studies teacher in Darien, Frank began organizing travel experiences for his students, eventually expanding into leading private, customized tours to every continent of the world. African safaris have remained his favorite type of adventure and he will share his photographs, stories, and enthusiasm of these amazing trips at this presentation.
Included will be the animals and people of are Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment.